Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

Let It Grow Mentoring Program

Are you interested in learning more about food growing?

Are you skilled in gardening and keen to help others to get into food production and exchange?

If you answer ‘yes’ to either of the above questions, the Let It Grow Mentoring Program is ideal for you!

What is it?

The Let It Grow Mentoring Program aims to inform and educate our community about urban agriculture’s potential and how we can have a sustainable lifestyle.

Through the Let It Grow Mentoring Program members can develop their ability to control one of the most essential items of daily life – secure and healthy food; and share their knowledge with others on how to do so.

‘Mentors’ will be partnered with ‘Mentees’ to share their knowledge and skills in a semi-structured manner.

Mentors will be provided with training on how to facilitate the mentoring process.

Tools will be given to both mentors and mentees to help them to think about what they want to get out of their mentoring relationship and how to make sure it is successful.

To get in contact and be part of the Let It Grow Mentoring Program, please fill out the Survey Form.

What contribution will it involve?

As little or as much as you are able to give.

We envision that in seeking to be part of the Let It Grow Mentoring Program you will commit to a minimum of 1-2 hours per month over 1-3 months.

The exact contribution of time is part of the negotiations between the participants.

Will it cost anything to be involved?

Not for Canberra City Farm, The Dirty Beanstalk or SEE-Change members, except your time, effort and what ever resources you use during the program.

If you are not yet a member of one of these organisations, you will need to join one of them, as this will ensure you have adequate volunteer insurance cover.

How did this program start?

During 2013 Canberra City Farm trialled a garden mentoring program, with the participants enjoying and learning from the experience.

Canberra City Farm wanted to expand this mentoring program, however they did not have the resources to do so.

Leila and Karina from The Dirty Beanstalk had been exploring the idea that more garden knowledge and skills needed to be shared, and were keen to get more knowledge about gardening for The Dirty Beanstalk members.

Will, a member of The Dirty Beanstalk, wanted to promote the exchange of gardening in Canberra and became the mentor program coordinator.

SEE-Change, with its skills and resources to support local grass roots actions, wanted to assist with the development of a mentoring program.

With the experience of Canberra City Farm, the enthusiasm of The Dirty Beanstalk and the skills of SEE-Change, all of the groups decided to pool resources and collaborate to create the Let It Grow Mentoring Program.

Who are the organisations that are Partners of the Let It Grow Program?

For more information about the partner organisations you can visit their websites:

With thanks to our


  • ACT Government Environment and Planning
  • The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)
  • Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
  • Education and Training Directorate
  • ACT Government